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Monthly Updates | July 2019

In this newsletter you will find information about the following topics:


1. Pearson/Edexcel November 2019 examination session is now open 

2. Cambridge International October/November 2019 examination session is now open

3. Highlights of the updates on the IGCSE English as a second language of Cambridge International

4. Professional and University exams at the British Council 

5. Introducing computer-delivered IELTS test in Cyprus

6. Mini English lessons



7. Understand exam results with Cambridge Assessment English useful resources

8. Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK

9. Study in the UK Services

10. Study UK Alumni Awards

11. ABRSM: Updates and Resources

12. Cultural Protection Fund projects

13. Voices Magazine


1. Pearson/Edexcel November 2019 examination session is now open

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In order to register for these exams, individuals, guardians/teachers will need to go to:



  • The deadline with the normal fee is on Thursday, 22 August 2019

Important note

Also as Pearson is introducing new specifications for the IAL exams, please make sure that you choose the correct option code for your candidates, so as to avoid any mistakes during the examination and results. Information can be found here

Further information

2. Cambridge International October/November 2019 examination session is now open

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Registration for Schools

Follow the below link, log in and start registering your students:

* Before you start the registration process please go through the how to use the Schools Online Registration System document here.

* If you are not registered as a school, then you need to register as an individual (see below)


Registration for Individual Candidates (not Schools)

In order to register for these exams (individuals, guardians/teachers) follow the below link:

* Before you start the registration process please go through the how to use the Schools Online Registration System document here.



  • First time entries: until 2 August 2019
  • Resit candidates from May/June 2019 (waiting for results): until 12 September 2019.


Further information on the link below:

  • List of subjects/fees we are offering
  • late fees
  • differences between Cambridge International IGCSE English as a second language examinations (510, 511, Core and Extended)
  • access arrangements
  • troubleshooting / IT problems
Further information

3. Highlights of the updates on the IGCSE English as a second language of Cambridge International

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Topics to be discussed include:

British Council

“Stay updated on IGCSE”  (Briefing on updates)

  • Highlights of the updates of the IGCSE English as a second language of Cambridge International
  • Supporting materials will be provided such as: sample papers, mark schemes, guidance on review and report writing task.

Express Publishing Cyprus

“Encouraging self-directed learning through captivating challenges and cutting edge technology"

  • New releases at Junior and Senior levels

Express Publishing in collaboration with British Council would like to invite you to the "Express Gatherings" which will be held in July.

Next available dates:

Friday, 5 July 2019
Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Venue: Gloria Jeans Coffee Makariou

Thursday, 11 July 2019
Date: Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Venue: Express Publishing Office


How to register

The presentations are free of charge, complimentary to all teachers

Please contact Express Publishing Cyprus by phone +357 22444455 or email to reserve your date.

Learn more

4. Professional and University exams at the British Council

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Take professional exams

You can take exams at the British Council Cyprus from the following bodies:

  • ACCA
  • UCEM
  • CFA
  • BMAT and STEP admissions tests
  • Open University
  • CIPS
  • STA
  • University of London
Find out more
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Need to resit your UK University Exam?

No need to travel to the UK for your University re-sits examination. you can take your re-sit exam at the British Council in Nicosia premises!

Find out more

5. Introducing computer-delivered IELTS test in Cyprus

Invigilator and candidate during an computer-delivered IELTS test

A new way to experience IELTS

Everyone loves choice. Now, with computer-delivered testing, you will take exactly the same IELTS test, Academic or General Training, but you can choose to type your answers, or write them on paper - whichever suits you best.

What is computer-delivered testing?

It's exactly the same test content and structure, but you'll take it sitting in a modern computer lab using the latest technology and with technical staff on hand to help.


Same IELTS. More choice.

The IELTS partnership has taken steps to strengthen the product and the services provided to test takers and to recognising organisations.

The changes include rollout of a computer-delivered IELTS test, which has the following benefits:

  • Greater test frequency and flexibility in delivery
  • Potential for wider availability of venue locations
  • Test results issued in five to seven days from the test day (down from the present 13 days)
  • New results service for recognising organisations
  • Improved test security.
Learn more

6. Mini English lessons

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“Mini English lessons” is a series of short lessons given by our fantastic teachers in France.


Here’s something you can use to help you learn English!

This week we share a brilliant series of bitesize videos from France to help students to learn some of the more subtle skills when learning English.

Watch the whole series

7. Understand exam results with Cambridge Assessment English useful resources

Kid showing to his mother and father his progress report

Find out more about:

• Downloading results
• explaining exam results
• comparing your class’s results with Cambridge Assessment English group performance reports
• verifying results
• accessing grade statistics by territory or country.


Range of resources available to help you better understand your students’ performance.

Resources have been created specifically to help teachers understand results and present how they’re reported to students and parents in a clear and easy to understand way.

Explore resources

8. Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK

Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK’ MOOC banner

Complete your UK study preparations

From 1 July 2019 to 28 July 2019, the British Council will be running a free MOOC (massive open online course) designed to help you better prepare for student life in the UK.


Be prepared for university study in the UK by familiarising yourself with UK culture and higher education.

The ‘Study UK: Prepare to Study and Live in the UK’ MOOC will teach you about UK higher education, including academic requirements, teaching methods, and course structures and assessment. It will also provide you with advice for studying in the English language and practical information about living in the UK.

We strongly encourage you to complete this MOOC, which is entirely free and can be completed in your own time, so long as you start by Sunday 28 July 2019. Upon successful completion, you will receive a digital certificate.

Sign up for the course

9. Study in the UK Services

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Do you want to take a Bachelor's or a Master's degree or study English in the UK?

Counselling guidance

The counselling session takes around 40 minutes to one hour. Our trained counsellor can offer advice on:

  • How to get prepared for entry to a UK institution
  • What do you need to enter a UK institution
  • How to choose the most suitable institution and course for your studies
  • Accreditation of the courses
  • Studying and living in the UK

We offer personal advice and answers to your queries regarding studying in the UK. Personal advice can only be offered through appointment.

Contact us to find more about both undergraduate and postgraduate placement services.


Easily accessible and fast translation services for University entrance documents

Translations and Certifications

If you are planning to study in the UK, you may need to have Greek documents translated into English for submission to UK educational institutions and authorities.

Our official and fully recognised translation and certification service covers a wide range of documents, including:

  • Certificates of Studies
  • Transcripts of grades and degrees issued by UK and Greek universities
  • English language certificates
  • Certificates issued by the Greek / Cyprus authorities and other official documents required for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the UK.
Learn more

10. Study UK Alumni Awards

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About the awards

The Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of alumni and showcase the impact and value of a UK higher education. Award winners and finalists are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries.


Could you be an award winner in 2019-20? Get ready to share your success with the world…

Why to enter?

Raise your international profile, build your professional networks and business connections, and win a trip to the UK: just some of the benefits of winning a prestigious Alumni Award.

How to enter/nominate?

Check the eligibility criteria, shortlisting process, top tips and follow simple steps to enter/nominate online.

Learn more

11. ABRSM: Updates and Resources

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Downloadable resources

From lesson ideas and activities to exam resources for your instrument, we give you all the tools you need to build a successful and rewarding career as a music teacher.

Learn more
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ABRSM new Bowed Strings syllabus

View the owed Strings syllabus 2020–2023, from Initial Grade to Grade 8 and supporting materials

View syllabus

12. Cultural Protection Fund projects

Bettany Hughes with Hamza, a refugee originally from Damascus who is training to be a stonemason in order to repair damage to Syria's buildings


Since 2016 the Cultural Protection Fund has been supporting organisations to create sustainable opportunities for the future. More than 10,000 people have been involved with funded projects, and by 2020, over 3000 individuals in the Middle East and North Africa will have received training through Cultural Protection Fund activities.


Two new British Council documentaries with historian Bettany Hughes

We're delighted to launch two documentaries with historian, author and broadcaster Bettany Hughes. In these short films, Bettany visits two Cultural Protection Fund supported projects in Jordan and Lebanon that are creating opportunities for displaced Syrian refugee communities and protecting vital heritage which is at risk of being lost forever.

Watch the films

13. Voices Magazine

Artwork that is written "THE LETTER V"

How to practise spelling with young learners of English

These are English language lecturer Maureen McKeurtan's favourite approaches to spelling in the young learner classroom.

[Photo © Renee Fisher used under licence and adapted from the original]

Read the blog post
A woman laughing and 3 emojis (laughing) hanging around

Nine ways to use emojis in the English classroom

Through trial, error and mild emoji-obsession, Colm Boyd, a materials writer and British Council teacher in Barcelona, has produced these tips for English language teachers.

[Photo: © Eye for Ebony used under licence and adapted from the original]

Read the blog post

Contact us:

+357 22585000

British Council Website

Nicosia Office

British Council (Cyprus)
1-3 Aristotelous street
1011, Nicosia
PO Box 21175, CY-1503
Nicosia, Cyprus

T: +357 22585000

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Nicosia Office

7, Şht. Üsteğmen Ünal Genç Sokak
Marmara Bölgesi
(Behind Istanbul perde)

T: +90 392 2274938

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